Australian Building and Construction Inspectors (ABC Inspectors) are appointed under the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act (BCIIP Act).
The ABCC has commenced Federal Court action against the CFMMEU and seven officials alleging they targeted Wollongong crane company WGC Cranes and its workers as part of a campaign to coerce the company to sign up to a new CFMMEU enterprise agreement.
On 25 September 2019, the Federal Circuit Court in Brisbane penalised Devine Constructions, its general manager and a senior employee $38,000 for refusing to engage a steel fabrication company because it did not have a CFMEU enterprise agreement.
If you’re a code covered entity on Commonwealth funded building work (because you expressed interest in or tendered for the work on or after 2 December 2016), you must meet certain requirements of the Code when engaging a subcontractor on that project.
What is freedom of association?
All employees and contractors have the right to join or not join a union. This is called freedom of association. It can be unlawful for workers to be pressured by a union or by their employer to make a decision about joining, not joining or leaving a union.
For funding entities, the Code sets out several requirements for entering into contracts related to directly Commonwealth funded building work.
We’ve outlined these requirements for you below.
Enforcing Commonwealth workplace laws is the means by which the ABCC provides an improved workplace relations framework for building work to ensure that building work is carried out fairly, efficiently and productively.
The Federal Circuit Court in Brisbane has penalised Devine Constructions, its general manager and a senior employee $38,000 for refusing to engage a steel fabrication company because it did not have a CFMEU enterprise agreement.
Protected industrial action—strike payIf an employee takes part in protected industrial action, which is not a partial work ban their employer must deduct money from their pay.
The ABCC* alleged that the CFMEU and CEPU were involved in unlawful industrial action taken by workers on the Queensland Children’s Hospital, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and Queensland Institute of Medical Research construction projects on 24, 25 and 26 May 2011.